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General Foster G. Hetzel 1907-1952


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#1 manayunkman

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 10:13 PM

Please keep an eye on this post because it is going to take a while to get all the photos on.

In 1992 there was an ad, in the Patriot News, for a yard sale. In the description it mentioned " German Helmet ". The sale started at 8. Back in the day I had to be at work at 8 on

Saturday. So I got there at 5 hoping that they would be setting up early. Well I sat in my car for an hour waiting. At 6 I had enough and went to the door and knocked. A man showed

up in his pajamas and tried to explain to me that I had to wait until 8. I asked him how much he wanted for the German helmet and he replied 75.00. I told him I would give him

double if I liked it. So I gave him 150 when he showed it to me. " Where did you get this ?? " I asked. " My wife's uncle brought it home. Do you have his stuff ?? " Yes it is up in the

attic. I managed to get into the attic before 6:30 AM and dragged a trunk down. Here is part of the trunk's contents.



Foster G. Hetzel started his military career in 1907 as a private in the 13th N.Y. Coastal Artillery, better known as the Coney Island Coastal Artillery.

By 1916 he was a Captain serving on the Mexican boarder.

In WW1 he commanded F company of the 106th Infantry Regiment.

Before the war ended he also commanded the submarine base at Rouen and earned the Etoile Noire from the French government.

During the interim war years he became a Major and Lt. Colonel. In this capacity he revamped the New York National Guard Quartermaster Corps.

He was a full Colonel when WW2 started and his quartermaster experience was put to good use when he was put in charge of the Hawaiian Service Command. For this service he was

awarded the Legion of Merit.

By 1950 he was a General and retired soon afterwards.

I hope you all enjoy this grouping and keep an eye on the for sale section because I plan to let it go soon.

These first photos show a range of insignia from Hetzel's trunk as well as some accoutrements.

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 10:21 PM

Here are some photos of Hetzel's early years. There are 4 scrapbook/photo albums with hundreds of items.

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 10:25 PM

Hetzel's Regimental flag

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 10:28 PM

A list, from one of the photo albums, showing Hetzel's progression of service.

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 10:28 PM

A list, from one of the photo albums, showing Hetzel's progression of service.

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 10:32 PM

A newspaper article, concerning the award of the Etoile Noir medal, and his WW1 ID book.

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 10:35 PM

More accoutrements and some of Hetzel's medals ect.

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 10:45 PM

Some of the many photos taken on the Mexican boarder and WW1 victory parade in NYC.

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 10:52 PM

Some more of the scores of photos and a commanding officers report.

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 10:55 PM

The General's ribbon bar.

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 11:06 PM

Hetzel's medals and awards.

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 11:09 PM

A closer look. The 13th CAC is the Coney Island Coastal Artillery. Hetzel's first unit in Brooklyn, NY.

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 11:11 PM

Long Service Medals

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 11:13 PM

Hetzel's Legion of Merit for his work in the Hawaiian Service Command during WW2.

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 11:14 PM

Reverse of LOM

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 11:16 PM

Close up of engraving on LOM.

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 11:22 PM

A pertinent article.

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 11:25 PM

Another article.

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 11:27 PM

Two more articles and his WW2 ID card.

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 11:31 PM

Hetzel did the swearing in of the first group of Japanese Americans to join the Army.

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 11:33 PM

Some photos of the event.

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 11:39 PM

More photos of the event. There are more than 45 pictures of the event and the marching off of these troops.

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 11:41 PM

Some more pictures of our man.

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 02:54 AM

Wowwwwww!!! :w00t:

Just one of the best GO groups I've ever seen!

Thank you for sharing! Great pictures!

Ricardo.

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 03:11 AM

Holy Moly......patience really paid-off. That is a fantastic grouping. Kudo's to you!


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